Sunday, July 4, 2021

Books Finished: Beguilement and Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.

Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, #1)Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

its a romance story more than a fantasy story. as romances go (which is not my preferred genre and i have limited experience) I found it interesting - because I assume people miscommunicate more often than intended and tend to have a low center of gravity when it comes to trust and empathy. I just have too many biases to enjoy a romance - it helps that the characters are extremely empathic.

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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan Saga, #16)Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Its a romance story but complicated, polyamorous relationships are not conventional - for those who cannot understand where it fits it helps to see humans as systems and are made up of many pieces with its own needs and requirements - never perfect, stable, or very predictable.
I'm not a person who comes from such a disposition but I can understand how in some way we all draw different relationships from different people and the combinations are endless - from professional camaraderie to physical intimacy or recreational physical exercises - there are many needs and expressions humans need to experience to be able to identify more of its self.

Its a simple love story with a lot of backstory that may make a reader not immediately get it.

I like how the author portrays love and its weird and strange forms and relationships.

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Books inspire my games and makes me go through iterations of conditions and systems and how such play out, while I do analyze the Authors storytelling technique for tips and tricks. 
The Space Elevator: A Revolutionary Earth-to-Space Transportation SystemThe Space Elevator: A Revolutionary Earth-to-Space Transportation System by Bradley C. Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is very educational for me as I write my own scifi and like running TRPG sessions in Near Future Scenarios. One of the main strengths of this book is the refernces and calculations of the requirements for such. The book doesnt go into Political and Economic development - which I recommend "Where is my Flying Car" and the details regarding 0G manufacturing and Nano technology used in 0G manufacturing - there is not much on 0G manufacturing.
Weaknesses would be alternatives to Carbon Nano Tubes - but I do agree that that would be out of scope - and anyway if you have the patience you can work back the math to figure out alternatives like Alloys X better than steel, kevlar, etc... as we progress to a space elevator.

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